Guatemalan Schools urged to use special map

vlcsnap-2013-03-12-19h33m34s43A report in leading Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre underlines the continued aggravation of Belize by Guatemala in the run-up to the October 6 referendum on settling the territorial dispute at the ICJ. According to the newspaper, a deputy in the ministry of education has written to her department heads urging them to use an apparently officially endorsed map of Guatemala which has the borderline with Belize erased and replaced with a dotted line and a note: “territorial dispute unresolved.” The official is quoted as saying that “It is essential that everyone participate in the recovery effort and spirit of (the) Guatemalan image, making sure that any print publication or digital agencies, magazines, brochures, books, and other texts expose the incomplete map, so than any other publication reaches the hands of children and youth in the school system with that offense to our nationality.” The decree was made in consultation with the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Comision de Belize. It is important to note that it is not clear whether this is an official policy, or more of a recommendation. Nevertheless, the map is said to already be in distribution at schools.

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